Move to keep marijuana businesses out of Antioch fizzles - The Cannifornian
Thursday, Aug 9, 2018

Not enough signatures were collected for the effort to snuff out an Antioch ordinance that will allow marijuana retailers and related businesses to apply for operating permits.

Had the “Not in Antioch”  referendum succeeded, it would have repealed the Cannabis Business Overlay District ordinance the council approved by a 3-2 vote in late June. Former Councilman Manny Soliz, Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Rodney McClelland and resident Diana Patton backed the measure.

Volunteers collected some 3,000 signatures but fell short of the 5,200 needed within 30 days to place a referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot asking voters to repeal the marijuana ordinance.

Organizers did not return calls about the referendum efforts, but did post a statement on their “Not in Antioch” Facebook page: “This is not the end! We encourage everyone to remain engaged with what is happening in our local government. There are more decisions to be made regarding cannabis businesses in Antioch, and we hope that you will join us in holding our leaders accountable by showing up to council meetings and speaking up.”